Mini dental implants are small diameter dental implants with a diameter of less than three millimeters.
Since the Florida Dental Assotiation approved the MDI mini implant as a long term method of denture stabilization, mini implants have become increasingly popular among dentists. Due to the smaller dimensions of the dental mini implants (at 2 mm as opposed to 4mm – 5.75mm they are significantly narrower than dental implants) they also are used in cases where the site for implantation is too narrow for a conventional dental implant.. And the lower price of mini dental implants compared to the conventional implants is a major factor in their popularity among patients! The MDI’s can be as much as 60% cheaper than conventional dental implants. Patients can be fitted with these implants and begin using the newly stabilized denture immediately because these implants do not require months of waiting time to integrate.
A Simple Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant mini procedure is a single stage procedure as compared with 2 stages in the conventional dental implants. There is no surgery involved in placing mini-implants! The implant is placed directly into the jawbone, and the procedure takes less than an hour and placing the implant involves minimum trauma.
Mini Dental Implant Benefits
- Eating and speaking with confidence
- Nutritional health benefits of eating foods you haven’t eaten for years
- Convenience of not needing adhesives or pastes
- Improved bone retention and related oral health benefits
The only medical conditions that absolutely preclude the placement of these implants are the following:
- A history of radiation treatment to the jaws (generally for cancer) – this does not include diagnostic x-rays
- Immuno-suppressed patient
- Substance abuse
Minis should be cleaned daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste. An electric brush may be used. In the case of bridge or splinted crown installations, a water jet or floss threaders may be employed. Dentures should be cleaned with approved denture cleaners and gentle brushing and can be stored in a cup or denture case with a small amount of water that is changed daily. Dentures will need to be relined every few years and should be replaced every 8–12 years.